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Sydney Opera House

One of the world’s most famous buildings is surprisingly accessible; take in a show or just take a stroll to admire this astonishing building.

Regularly listed as one of the greatest architectural works of the 20th century, the Sydney Opera House sits right on Sydney Harbour, and is listed as a World Heritage Site. The Opera House has several major resident companies including: Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Over 1 million people come here to enjoy performances each year, while millions more come just to admire the building, a symphony in itself.

The Opera House is surrounded by the Sydney Harbour on three sides, and the view from the Monument Steps is truly dramatic. Pause on the steps to photograph the harbor and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Make sure to get a snap or two with the Opera House’s famous interlocking white shells behind you.

Much of the Sydney Opera House interior is freely accessible so feel free to look around. In the reception hall, check out the fabulous floor-to-ceiling tapestry inspired by Bach’s Hamburg Symphonies.

This building is actually a complex of several venues. The Concert Hall, the Joan Sutherland Theatre and the Drama Theatre are the largest venues. The best way to see the building and all of the theaters is to book a guided tour. The Sydney Opera House Access Tour is the most popular. Wander through the house’s corridors and passageways as the knowledgeable guides share stories and secrets about the building. If you’re traveling with children, book them in for the Junior Discovery Tour, created especially for them. The Backstage Tour takes you behind the curtains and runs for over 2 hours.

The Sydney Opera House is home to cafés, restaurants and bars, from the upscale Bennelong restaurant to the relaxed Opera Bar, which offers some of the best harbor views in Sydney.

Check the Opera House website for details of upcoming performances, festivals and events. Public transport makes visiting the Opera House simple, and parking is available for a fee. The Sydney Opera House box office and tour information desk are open Monday through Sunday.


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Four Seasons Hotel Sydney $151
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

199 George St., Sydney, NSW
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks Markets and Sydney Opera House are also within 15 minutes. Sydney Circular Quay Station is only a 3-minute walk and Wynyard Station is 7 minutes.

    Rydges Sydney Harbour $94
    Rydges Sydney Harbour

    Rydges Sydney Harbour

    55 George Street, The Rocks, NSW
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Sydney Central Business District, this hotel is steps from The Rocks Markets, Circular Quay, and Overseas Passenger Terminal. Sydney Harbour Bridge and Australia Square are also within 10 minutes. Sydney Circular Quay Station is 7 minutes by foot and Wynyard Station is 12 minutes.

      Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney $177
      Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

      Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

      176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Contemporary Art and Circular Quay. The Rocks Markets and Sydney Observatory are also within 10 minutes. Wynyard Station is 6 minutes by foot and Sydney Circular Quay Station is 7 minutes.

        Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour $195
        Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour

        Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour

        61 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Circular Quay, Customs House, and Government House. Sydney Opera House and Museum of Sydney are also within 5 minutes. Sydney Circular Quay Station is only a 4-minute walk and Martin Place Station is 11 minutes.

          Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney $107
          Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

          Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

          27 O'Connell Street, Sydney, NSW
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pitt Street Mall and Circular Quay. The Domain and Royal Botanic Gardens are also within 15 minutes. Wynyard Station is only a 5-minute walk and Martin Place Station is 5 minutes.

            The Sebel Quay West Suites Sydney $167
            The Sebel Quay West Suites Sydney

            The Sebel Quay West Suites Sydney

            98 Gloucester Street, The Rocks, NSW
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks Markets and Sydney Observatory are also within 10 minutes. Wynyard Station is 6 minutes by foot and Sydney Circular Quay Station is 6 minutes.

              Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites $68
              Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites

              Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites

              243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, NSW
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Darling Harbour, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Harbourside, Australian National Maritime Museum, and International Convention Centre Sydney. Chinese Garden of Friendship and Chinatown Night Market are also within 15 minutes. Convention Light Rail Station and Exhibition Light Rail Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                Sofitel Sydney Wentworth $105
                Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

                Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

                61-101 Phillip Street, Sydney, NSW
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Castlereagh Street, Circular Quay, and Sydney Tower. Martin Place and Australia Square are also within 10 minutes. Martin Place Station is only a 4-minute walk and St. James Station is 7 minutes.